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Whenever I speak of no-mind, I’m not speaking of the absence of mind, but the absence of identification with it. The absence of conceiving of it as a separate entity — a me. Mind is not an entity; it is the movement, the activity arising (and passing) in/as consciousness. So, no-mind points to no clinging to it as a finite, limited (and limiting) identity or entity, so it is allowed to dissolve into/as Source just as easily as it arises within/as Source! This easy arising and dissolving lends fluidity and transparency, that we commonly attempt to convey when we refer to “an open mind.” (more…)

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Any time you hear someone teaching non-duality take a deep breath to shift gears and say, “But we do live in this world, and the ’reality’ is…” know that this person is conflating the (yes, necessary) acknowledgment of the apparent experience of perceptions, thoughts, feelings, sensations and objects, with appeasing and validating the perception of mind. The Absolute may have been glimpsed, yet the mind is co-opting that experience once again into believing that well-roundedness and “spiritual maturity” means to keep taking and talking “both” sides. And as soon as we talk as if ‘absolute’ and ‘relative’ are two things, we are talking in circles again.  (more…)

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A No said from the Nothingness of Self, in alignment with universal well-being, is at once also a Yes. A no said from fear, habit patterning, conditioning, control, doubt, compulsion, reactivity, resistance, self-protection, convenience, or plain old laziness to stretch or expand into possibility, is neither no nor yes. It’s just no man’s land, the equivalent of remaining stuck in purgatory.

P.S. As an aside, you’ll notice that few will argue with or object to the first kind of No, as they intuitively and immediately recognize that it’s arising from that “centerless center” also capable of a wholehearted and unconditional Yes. (Even the littlest children recognize it!)

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Acting self-effacing (‘humility’) and acting in self-promotion (‘hubris’) are essentially two sides of the same coin of egoic identification — believing there’s a separate self at all. In genuine humility, you don’t think less (or more) of yourself, you simply don’t think of your self! If there’s a gift of/from the One-Self emerging through what appears as “you,” it is simply shared; you don’t think of it as “yours” to give or not give (to “others”). It is given, period. To you and to all, all at once. This is the humility (and power!) of receptivity and acceptance. At its subtlest it requires neither bravery nor confidence of mind, as there’s no “me” at play in the first place, to overcome.

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The difference between charity/ philanthropy and giving-receiving is that in the latter, no one can identify (with) who is giving and who is receiving.

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Although there is constant reference to freedom from suffering related to Awakening (or Self Realization or Enlightenment), the goal of not suffering, or to feel or function better, or “get happy” is never what Awakening is about. If there’s a value proposition, you can be sure it’s not about Awakening 😊 Rather, everything else that is popularly valued and engaged in is about either distracting or training the mind to feel and function better, while Awakening is simply seeing what is, seeing what’s absolutely eternally true. It’s Reality realizing itSelf (through/as what appears to be “you”).

Actually, it is by completely surrendering, allowing and embracing the suffering and pain, that Awakening, and subsequently, total Realization, spontaneously dawned (upon “me”). And in so allowing, I saw how generating narratives and telling the hi/story — with an agenda to change the world or “never let it happen again” or get relief or comfort or be heard or be seen or be healed — is one of the most entrenched ways in which we avoid and reject and rationalize the suffering and disallow its total embrace and dissolution. (Telling the story without a charge or agenda but for the sake of storytelling alone, allowing anyone to receive from it what they will, is different… and is simply part of authentic expression.) (more…)

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The wave upon an ocean appears have a form and travel forward in time to the shore. And yet, we realize that nothing (no form) travels. And that at every point in the ocean, apparent movement is in the Now… even if a point far away can be mentally / experientially conceptualized as the “past” (or “birth”) of the point near the shore (“death”)!  (more…)

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